How do I even begin? Sharing my own wedding here feels a little strange...
“Who is going to be taking YOUR wedding photos?” had to be one of the most asked questions of 2018! I was extremely lucky to be in a position to have our photos taken by people who mean a lot to me, such close friends I consider them family, but also my teachers and mentors who have taught me everything I know when it comes to photography. I couldn’t have imagined anyone who could’ve done a better job, and I am truly so thankful.
Agnieszka and Andrew; we will always be grateful for what you've done for us.Thank You! Thank You! THANK YOU!
Our wedding invitations, by the wonderful Abi and Ben at Dearly Beloved, were super special to me. Being so distant from where our wedding was actually being held (our beloved native Poland!), I didn’t have a chance to go and visit the venue, or meet with other suppliers over coffee like most brides usually do. Like the brides I get to work with do! Therefore, having a real interaction with a real person about a real product gave me what I was missing in so many other areas. Having to email lots of suppliers back and forth felt clinical and impersonal at times, so working with Dearly Beloved was a real breath of fresh air. That, and how she managed to completely capture the essence of what both myself and Adam envisioned for our day! I love how the invitations were both modern and vintage at the same time, capturing the timeless elegance. Having our invites done was almost a visual representation of what everything else on the day would be like and really set the scene. Big love to Dearly Beloved – I really cannot recommend them enough!
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The Dress is often such an important part for the bride. I must admit, I did the classic thing that many brides do—imagining myself in one style, and ending up wearing something that couldn’t be further from it! This has definitely taught me not to close myself off from being open minded and that would definitely be my advice to brides. Even if you think you’re dead set on a particular style, it could (and probably will!) turn out that it’s not right for you. Like I said, I thought I was set on lace, lace and MORE lace as I’ve always loved it on other brides. However, it turns out it just wasn’t for me. By continuing my search and not letting this dishearten me, I eventually learnt what suited me best, what looked the most flattering and by doing so, I essentially ended up designing my own dress! I found some photos on the internet (thank god for Pinterest for the modern bride!) and pieced together four different parts of different dresses, and voila!
I went on a search and found the most amazing dressmakers in my hometown in Poland. They were absolutely amazing! Their expertise was what kept me confident throughout the process, because what bride doesn’t stress about her dress? Especially when the it is being made from scratch a thousand miles away?! At the initial meeting, I explained what I envisioned and was all measured up, and the next time I travelled to them, the dress was almost done! I was truly so lucky to work with people who have experience and knowledge, but above all, understand why it was so important to me and put their hearts into making it, hence why I was made to feel at ease through it all.
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The venue didn’t get sorted in a conventional way either. Sense a theme here? It was privately owned land that Adam and I wandered onto and fell in love with INSTANTLY.
We’d been looking for a venue for quite some time at this point, and had been driving around looking at options, but nothing really felt right. Like for most couples, this can be a super stressful part of wedding planning, and we were growing tired of not getting that “THIS is the place!” feeling. So, then we thought, why not—like what happened with my dress—go off the beaten track a little? Why not, instead of a typical wedding venue, we look at a ranch-type place? Where we could have a nice, relaxed, outdoorsy kind of day, close to nature and where our beloved dog could be with us all the time? And then we found THE place!
I only remember driving up, and looking around in total silence. At this point, Adam and I didn’t say a word to each other, and we didn’t have to. I saw from his face that it was the place for us. We were so, so happy to have found it and knew we finally both had that feeling – making us both emotional! What can I say about the lovely family who own it?! They’re absolute angels. I will never forget the way they made us feel as if it was their own daughter or son getting married, and will be forever grateful for everything they did for us.
Another Big Thank You!
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It is important to mention here our day was, of course, built around our gorgeous pooch. It was imperative that we had her there with us, able to experience it all, as she is the love of our lives. It was wonderful to see her getting all the attention and cuddles from guests! Having a venue and guests that accommodated her was so important to us, and wonderful to witness.
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The most important part of our day had to be about our family and friends. As much as the day was obviously about marrying each other, we couldn’t have done it all without the special people in our lives.
During the months leading up to the wedding, we had situations we didn’t expect and reactions we never saw coming. Weddings seem to separate those who really are the dearest from those who aren’t, and at times this was hard, but in the end we ended up having those closest to us there. Every single person at our wedding was there to support us, to celebrate and to make memories with us. That feeling will never leave us, will hold us steadfast in our marriage, and we are forever grateful to each and every person. I strongly believe that if we are ever to encounter any bumps in the road (life isn’t filtered like Instagram!), those people will be there with their love and support. The day was so full of love, which is ultimately all you want from your wedding day, right?
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When I look back at my wedding album, I notice different things every time. When I first saw the photos, the first thing I thought was how lovely I looked! It’s not every day you are all glammed up, wearing a beautiful gown, but I know I’m just like every other bride in wanting their photographer to have captured how radiant and happy they feel—and mine absolutely did.
But looking at them again and again, it is the images of all these fantastic people that make my heart skip a beat. I remember stressing about the usual wedding worries—whether people would have a good time, if everyone would feel comfortable, what to do if there were communication difficulties (having multi-national guests!). All these worries melted away when we returned from a quick photo session nearby, and I got to see a lovely moment of nearly all the wedding guests playing a game of volleyball. There was plenty of space, and we had some garden games for the children who were attending to keep them occupied (another worry I’d had!). I remember standing there, wearing my gorgeous custom-made dress, having married the love of my life, watching twenty odd people playing ball, laughing, and genuinely having a great time. All ages and all nationalities coming together, and having so much fun, at OUR wedding. This is when I remember truly relaxing, and having that blissful fluttery feeling in my heart.
Advice from Adam and I: don’t stress striving for perfection, rather focus on creating the perfect atmosphere, and you and your guests simply being there will do the rest.
Wedding photos are a gift that keeps on giving. Reliving our day for the first time through photos is an amazing experience and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Adam and I have loved looking at them together again and again, and sharing with family and friends, both of which are equally wonderful for different reasons. It has made me fall even more in love with my profession. Our wedding album almost feels like a book of love that will last forever—which funnily enough was the title of our first dance song, The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel, and the lyrics ring so true, of our wedding, our wedding album, and our love for each other… The book of love is long and boring, no-one can lift the damn thing, it's full of charts and facts and figures, and instructions for dancing, but I love it when you read to me, and you can read me anything…